triv·​ia | \ˈtri-vē-ə \

Definition of trivia 

: unimportant matters : trivial facts or details also singular in construction : a quizzing game involving obscure facts

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Plus, Dana holds the mailbag and Chris faces judicial trivia. Fox News Staff, Fox News, "The GOP battle for the speakership intensifies," 7 Sep. 2018 Sterling relates to Doc’s obsession with jazz trivia. Matthew J. Palm,, "With music and drama, playwright Joseph Hayes debuts 'Destination Moon'," 10 July 2018 Rather than listing trivia ad nauseam, Dissect creates a three-dimensional audio tapestry, partly by weaving in Ocean’s voice through his music and his early interviews. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Is It Futile to 'Dissect' Frank Ocean's Work?," 17 May 2018 Genius has partnered with Spotify Technology SA since 2016 for the service’s Behind the Lyrics feature, which offers some lyrics and music trivia for around 3,500 songs, out of tens of millions total on the service. Anne Steele, WSJ, "Apple Music Lyrics Smarten Up With Genius," 11 Oct. 2018 Quiz yourself on these regal trivia questions and score your answers below. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: How Well Do You Know the History of the Royal Family?," 7 Aug. 2018 Don’t be afraid to have fun by posting interesting links, or asking trivia questions. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The 8-year-olds hacking our voting machines," 4 Aug. 2018 In the beer garden, DJ Tone Def will be hosting music trivia beginning at 9 p.m., so gather up a team for the chance to win prizes. Nikki Delamotte,, "Great Lakes Brewing Co.'s tasting room to become one-night vinyl record shop," 7 May 2018 The ground rules are fairly straightforward: Three contestants, all of whom must carry some college debt, go head-to-head on a series of trivia questions, including a few related to education. Daniel Arkin /, NBC News, "New game show 'Paid Off' offers chance to eliminate student loan debt," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of trivia

1920, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trivia

New Latin, back-formation from Latin trivialis

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The first known use of trivia was in 1920

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English Language Learners Definition of trivia

: unimportant facts or details

: facts about people, events, etc., that are not well-known


noun plural
triv·​ia | \ˈtri-vē-ə \

Kids Definition of trivia

: interesting facts that are not well-known

Hint: Trivia can be used as a singular or a plural in writing and speaking.

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